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Comparing rookies Matt Duffy of Giants, Kris Bryant of Cubs

The Giants’ Matt Duffy hits an RBI-single off Chicago Cubs pitcher Dan Haren during the third inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015.
The Giants’ Matt Duffy hits an RBI-single off Chicago Cubs pitcher Dan Haren during the third inning of a baseball game in San Francisco, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. AP

This week’s Giants-Cubs series provided a close look at two of the leading candidates for National League Rookie of the Year. While the Cubs’ Kris Bryant has been a favorite since his debut in April, the Giants’ Matt Duffy has forced his way into the conversation since becoming a starter in May. Here’s how their statistics entering the weekend compare:

BRYANT

DUFFY

117

Games

114

427

At-bats

425

113

Hits

130

71

Runs

59

22

Doubles

23

5

Triples

5

20

Home runs

10

77

RBIs

60

12/15

Steals/atts.

7/7

64

Walks

21

152

Strikeouts

75

.265

Batting average

.306

.367

On-base avg.

.344

.480

Slugging avg.

.454

3.8

WAR

4.5

Source: baseball-reference.com

Head-to-head

In the three-game Giants-Cubs series, Bryant went 4 for 12 with two RBIs and a run while displaying his versatility by playing third base, center field and right field. Duffy was 3 for 12 with two runs and an RBI. The third baseman also earned some tough-guy points when he shook off a sprained ankle in the first inning Wednesday – and a pick-off throw by the Cubs on the next play – to steal a base in the inning and play the rest of the series.

Different paths

Bryant, 23, was drafted second overall in 2013 and spent less than two full seasons in the Cubs’ minor-league system before making his major-league debut on April 17. Duffy, 24, was selected in the 18th round in 2012 by the Giants but jumped from Double A to the majors last Aug. 1. Bryant hit 31 home runs as a junior at the University of San Diego. Duffy did not hit a home run in three seasons at Long Beach State.

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